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Making a Difference 2014

This fall, we are raising funds to supplement our sponsorships (which cover 70% of the operating budget), upgrade the plumbing, and rewire the CCC home for a safer electrical system. Our goal is to raise $30,000.  Please consider donating $365 – just a dollar a day to make a tremendous difference to very special children.



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Aerie Africa supports 74 children – nine students in university, two students in nursing school, 10 young adults in the Aerie Transition program, and 53 children in the CCC Children’s Home in Soddo, Ethiopia. The CCC orphanage is a bright airy home specially built for the children with 8 big bedrooms, a library, a dining hall, two kitchens, two play areas, a futbul (soccer) field, a huge vegetable garden, and six acres for our three cows. We employ a staff of 19 to care for the children from House Mothers to Nanny Nurses to a Dean of Students.

The children attend school, Saturday church school (instead of Sunday school), and church. They love singing, futbol, arts and crafts, and games. They learn life skills by assisting in the kitchen, working in the vegetable garden, and helping tend the cows.

We are making a pronounced difference in the children’s lives. Please take a moment to read about our terrific kids.

 University Students

Mindahun, Adanech, Assegid, Asfaw, and Asrat are our current university students. They have completed between two to three years of university and are all doing well. Assegid who is studying to be a health officer had a special internship this summer in Mekele and Mindahun took a special course in Awassa. All students were able to come to Soddo for a few weeks this summer to check in and visit with their CCC family. They are great role models for the teenage and pre-teen students.



New University Students

Serkalem, Girma, and Nebiyu had excellent scores on their 12th grade examination and will begin university next month. Messeret Y had a good score on her examination and will attend night university in Soddo. We are proud to have three young women attending university. According to USAID, only 19% of Ethiopian girls starting first grade finish 8th grade and 6% complete 12th grade.IMG_1661




Nursing Students

Yodit and Damanech have completed nursing school in Addis Ababa. Both passed their level 2 certification and will be soon taking the test for their level 3 certification. Both are actively looking for jobs and will graduate from the Aerie/CCC program in December. They have done great. We are sad they are leaving us but happy for the wonderful women they are.

Aerie Transition Students

Abayneh, Chernet, Binyam, Mesganu, and Helen F are currently in the Aerie Transition program. Abayneh completed 11th grade at Bethlehem Prep School in June and was in the top 10 of his class. Mesganu and Helen F also completed 11th grade. They will all be starting 12th grade on September 15. In October, Chernet and Binyam will begin vocational school.

Later this month, Michael, Tesfanesh, Habitamu, Asnakie, America, and Mimilla will be graduating into the Aerie Transition program. Michael, Tesfanesh, and Habitamu did very well on their 10th grade examination and will be attending Bethlehem Prep School for 11th and 12th grade. Asnake, America and Mimilla will soon start 10th grade.




8th and 9th Graders

Meseret L and Dawit took their 8th grade examination in May. They both scored over 90% and will be moving to 9th grade.  Tsganesh completed 9th grade and will be soon starting 10th grade. We are having Helen B repeat 9th grade to give her a little time to catch up.



5th and 6th Graders

Abeba and Tesfahun completed 5th grade and Samirawit, Weynishet, Zinash, Omodar, and Firehiwot completed 6th grade in June. Weynishet, Firehiwot, and Omodar were in the top 10 of their class. Omodar is attending Liqa School, a private school in Soddo that is very competitive and was recently recognized nationally for excellence. Samirawit, Zinash and Abeba are hard workers who spend a lot of time helping in the kitchen. Abeba also takes a responsible older sister role in the lives of her two younger sisters.  Tesfahun enjoys playing futbul on the CCC field.



4th Graders

Biniam, Mekdes, Addisu, Sebsibe, Merdekyos, Banchiwosen, and Birknesh completed 4th grade in June. Merdekyos was number one in his class! Banchiwosen, Biniam, Mekdes and Addisu were in the top 10 of their classes. Banchiwosen and Mekdes were accepted and will attend Liqa School this fall.

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3rd Graders

Dushure, Aregash, Hanna, Ammanuel, Meaza, Asnakech, Agene, Fitsum, Melkamu, Habitamu M, Selemawit, Berket Y, and Zalieke completed 3rd grade in June. We have a lot of 3rd graders! Aregash, Asnakech, Agene, and Zalieke were in the top 10 of their classes.






2nd Graders

Addisu, Ayenachu, and Adegu completed 2nd grade in June. Adegu and Ayenachew have both adjusted well to CCC (they joined CCC last year).  All three, as with many of the boys, love playing futbol.  They watched the world cup very closely this past summer.  The boys at CCC were split over whether or not they were happy about the German victory.  Some had been cheering for Argentina and Mesi… others had been cheering for Germany all along.  The boys are also getting excited about the next round of qualifying matches for the African Cup of Nations futbol competition.  Ethiopia plays it’s first match in the qualifying rounds against Algeria this week.  In addition to watching futbol, all three of these boys play regularly on the CCC futbol field… Adegu and Ayenachew also play on the CCC team, which also includes players from the community in Soddo.


1st Graders

Belan and Faris completed 1st grade in June. They were both in the top 10 of their class.


Kindergarten Crowd

Ammanuel A, Aster, Yabsera, Yinun, Berket J, Konjit J, Abitie, Meskerem, Eyayu, Johannes, and Yamanesh (Mitten) all attended kindergarten the last school year. Kindergarten is two to three years in Ethiopia. This is a great group of kids. They are smiles, laughter, and high energy.













Our Littlest Ones

Metasebya and our five new boys – Paster, Tegenu, Abenezer, Wondimu, and Mamush are our youngest children. Metasebya and Paster will start kindergarten later this month and the others will attend pre-school at CCC starting in October. The new boys are adjusting well and are much more healthy than when they arrived. The older children are giving them lots of attention and love.

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The deep bore water well is functioning and providing clean water. The children are much healthier and the compound is much cleaner with a constant supply of water. We are very grateful to all our donors who enable us to drill and equip the well.

We received the three-phase transformer for the water well pump in August. This was great news – we had been waiting for it for over two years.

We will now use the generator for emergency power when the Soddo electricity goes out.

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Next Projects

Both the plumbing and the electrical systems need a major overhaul at CCC. Constant use by over 50 children for over 10 years has taken a toll on the bathrooms and showers. We have many leaks (both major and minor). The electrical system needs to be rewired to update it for both load and safety issues.

We need your help! Help us continue to make difference!

Please donate today at or by clicking DONATE NOW.

Aerie Africa is a 501(3)c tax exempt organization (Tax ID#27-0382888).

Five New Boys – We Need Sponsors


Five boys ranging in age from 2 years to 6 years have recently joined the CCC/Aerie Africa family. These boys were previously living in an orphanage in Soddo under difficult conditions. The orphanage has lost in funding from a US agency and is being funded in a very limited way by an international organization.

We are happy that we can bring these boys into CCC and provide a warm loving home for them.

Please consider making a difference and sponsoring one or more of these precious children. Sponsorship is $900 per year. We also ask that you send a package in August to your child for Ethiopian New Year (Back to School) and occasionally send letters or cards.

The boys (from left to right) are:

Mamush – Three years old. Mamush is from Gidole, a small town south of Soddo. His mother had a disability and was unable to care for Mamush. His father was unknown.

Tegenu – Five years old. Tegenu was found abandoned at the Soddo bus station. The police searched for his parents and family for three months. No one could be found.

Paster – Six years old. Paster was also found abandoned at the Soddo bus station. The police also searched for his parents and family for three months. No one could be found.

Abenezer – Three years old. Abenezer’s father is unknown. His mother abandoned him when he was an infant. The Department of Women’s Affairs in Soddo tried to locate the mother but she was never found.

Wondimu – Two years old. Wondimu was found abandoned in the town of Soddo. The police search for his parents and family for three months. No one could be found.

If you are interested in sponsoring, please email

Refurbishing in Ethiopia

Jane Hollingsworth wrote the following post.   She participated in the mission trip to Soddo, Ethiopia from March 9 – 16, 2013.

One of our goals for the week we visited Soddo and the orphanage was to fix up the girls’ rooms (saving the boys’ rooms until the next visit) with new paint and new mattresses for the beds.  The old mattresses were thin, foam mattresses that had been on the beds since the orphanage was first built.  Let’s just say it was time for a change!

Like with many things in Ethiopia, it may sound like a perfectly rational, simple plan to replace the mattresses, but easier said than done.  The painting went well as the paint had already been purchased in Soddo and the work organized before we arrived.  Mattresses were another story.  First of all, we realized when evaluating the rooms upon arrival that we would need to replace not only the mattresses, but the pillows too.  What was left of the pillows would fall apart in your hand.  Not only that, but it was apparent that the mosquito nets for all of the children were either gone or ineffective from disintegration and age.  That was a big deal since the rainy season (with lots of mosquitos) was about to begin!  So the list was expanded to include 22 mattresses, 22 pillows and mosquito nets for all.  I – being the new kid on the block – was given the assignment of purchasing these items and getting them back to the orphanage.  I accepted the job and so began a very interesting day.

First, there are no mattresses in Soddo, so it required a trip to Awassa, a larger town about three hours away by car.  After a morning of discussion and coordinating, off I went in one of the 4×4 vehicles with our driver; Alazar, the dean of all things in Ethiopia; and Ayishu, the CCC accountant, and a handful of cash to make the purchases.  The ride to Awassa was fairly uneventful – just the usual dodging of all manner of person, animal and wooden carts along the road.   When we got close, we stopped at a couple of shops to see if we could find mattresses but struck out each time.  Finally, we got to Awassa and decided to go to find the mosquito nets first.  It is always good to have a success and it was considered to be a lot easier job than finding mattresses.  To our great delight, the first shop we went to had the nets and we quickly purchased 50, stuffed them in sacks, piled them in the car and went off to the next stop.

For reasons that I do not fully understand, the three Ethiopians with me were very confident about finding mattresses and happy with the nets so decided we needed to eat lunch next.  Since the Orthodox Christian Lent had begun that week, they were all “fasting” which meant a lunch with no meat, no dairy and no eggs.  No problem.  We found a local spot and had a very typical Ethiopian Lenten lunch consisting of injera bread and lots of things that I could not identify but which were good to eat.  Even the bathroom there was reasonably acceptable – a key factor!

Duly fortified, we continue our quest.  Our next stop proved to be a good one.  The little shop had a small warehouse of sorts in the back and they took us back to see what we could find.  To our great delight, we saw a large pile of the single foam mattresses we had been looking for.  Success!  Much discussion ensued about whether there really were enough since they were not all exactly the same.  I somehow convinced everyone that yes indeed there were enough and that the ones that didn’t look exactly like the others were really just fine.   So, we selected the 22 mattresses and moved on to pillows.   Not surprisingly, the shop owner was liking us a lot so he decided to give us a little break on the pillows and we quickly agreed to buy 22 of those too.

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The process of paying began and the discussion of how we were going to get these purchases back to Soddo began in earnest.  Interestingly, the shopkeeper happened also to be a taxi driver so he took one of our party off in the taxi to see if they could find a truck somewhere to take the mattresses back.  No mattress delivery in Ethiopia but lots of willingness to help us solve the problem!  After a while the taxi returned having had no luck finding a truck.  Alazar then had the brilliant idea of going to the bus depot to see if we could buy some space on top of a bus going to Soddo.  Off we went to the bus depot – a crazy, chaotic place with all manner of little buses and lots of people milling around.  I stayed in the car while the others went out to find a bus and negotiate a rate.  Had they seen me, the rate would have gone up considerably so I stayed behind and kept a very low profile.   After a while, they came back triumphantly saying they had done the deal and we had a bus willing to take the mattresses back right then for a very modest fee.  Hooray!!

So now we go back to the mattresses shop to figure out how to get the mattresses to the bus depot.  Once again the shopkeeper had a plan.  He had a small VW bus type vehicle onto and into which they piled, tied and stuffed all 22 mattresses.  Pretty cool.  Once ready, off they went to the bus depot while we got all of the pillows in the car and tied the nets to the roof. Not much room left in the car for people but we figured it out!  Then we also left for the bus depot, saying hearty goodbyes to our new friends from the mattress shop.  We didn’t get to the depot however before we saw our mattresses being loaded on top of a bus along the side of the road.  Apparently, the bus had already left by the time the mattresses arrived so they had to drive along the route to find the bus, stop it, unload the mattresses from the VW and pile them on top of the bus.

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It was about then that I got a text from Terri back in Soddo saying that it was raining like crazy.  Perfect!  The dry season was ending just as we loaded 22 new mattresses on the top of a bus to drive into the monsoon rains for two and one half hours.  Seemed as if we would need a tarp.  That took some doing, but a tarp was located and tied down securely over the mattresses on top of the bus, all while the people inside the bus waited – and much more patiently than I would have expected!  Finally, everything was secured and the bus was ready to roll.  Then we were off!  It was getting late and we still had a long drive back in the rain, but we were all pretty pleased with ourselves.  We had completed our assignment and had some fun too so it was high fives all around as we started our journey back to Soddo.

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Just another day in Ethiopia!


Abeba, Zinash, and Asnakech in their refurbished bedroom with new paint, mattresses, pillows, and nets

Sponsor Letter with Update and Information about Packages

May 19, 2012

Dear Sponsor,

We hope this letter finds you and your family well and enjoying a beautiful Spring.  Following is an update on CCC, contact information for Aerie Africa, and important information about sending packages to your child at CCC.

CCC Update

Currently, we have 60 children (27 boys and 33 girls) living at the children’s home in Soddo ranging in age from 3 to 18 years old.  We have five young adults living in transition homes in Soddo and four young adults attending college or university in Addis Ababa, Awassa, and Mekelle.

Richelle and Nathan Haines, our wonderful home managers, are finishing up their first year in Soddo and will be making a visit to the US in August.  They will continue to live and work at CCC through May 2013. Richelle and Nathan make a difference everyday in their many contributions to Aerie Africa and CCC and provide positive role models to our children and young adults.  Currently, Nathan is working with the children on a major gardening project.  Teams of children have plots of land and through the planting, growing, harvesting, and selling of their vegetables; the kids will learn gardening, money management, and business skills. 

In July, six of our eighteen year olds will graduate from CCC into the Aerie transition program.  Richelle is busy helping prepare these teenagers for this more independent living arrangement.

All the children are busy with school.  Several children will be taking important national examinations at the completion of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade in May and June.  They are working hard in school and attending tutoring sessions in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Aerie Africa Contact Information

Stacey McLaughlin is your contact for sponsor questions and inquiries about the child you sponsor.  You can contact Stacey at  For sponsorship financial questions, please contact Robin Browning at

Letters and Packages

We, the Aerie Africa board, continue to believe that maintaining regular contact with the child you sponsor helps to establish a bond between your child and your American family and is an important part of the sponsorship experience.   However, over the course of the past year, we have continued to see challenges associated with the practice of sending packages to the CCC home.  There have been several cases of packages that never arrived and the cost of sending even a small package has become very expensive.

In addition to these practical challenges, we continuously evaluate whether our practices and policies are appropriate and whether they contribute to the fulfillment of our mission of preparing these children to live, work and become leaders in their Ethiopian communities.   We receive and consider input from you, from our Ethiopian staff and most recently from Richelle and Nathan.   Based on this input there is a growing concern that getting presents several times a year may be setting unrealistic expectations for these children whose peers in school and in the community have a very different standard of living.

After thorough consideration of the issues, we are recommending that sponsors send only one package a year to their child.  We recommend that you send this package in late August so your child will receive it for Ethiopian New Year (September 11).  The package should be small (weighing no more than four pounds).  We suggest that you include school supplies, a shirt, underwear, and socks in the package.

We continue to encourage you to write letters and send cards and pictures on a regular basis.  The children love getting these and proudly display them in their rooms and show them to visitors to CCC.

We thank you for your support that truly makes a difference in the life of the child you sponsor.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or comments.  We always appreciate hearing from you.


Aerie Africa Board of Directors

Romeo Bachand, Jr. M.D., Ph.D.

Suzanne Hanlon

Stacey McLaughlin

Cynthia Rask, M.D.

Terri Sebree

Academic Success!

At a recent Family Program, some of the CCC children were recognized for their academic achievements in their first semester of school this year.  Our kids work hard in their various classes and seven students have been recognized as being top students in their specific grades:

In KG-3 (the third level of kindergarten, the grade right before Grade 1), Aragesh is ranked FIRST in her class. She attends the Hopeful Generation School, and her class size is around 55 students.

Aragesh and Katie

In Grade 1, at Oxnard Youth Academy, Merdekios is ranked FIRST in his class! His sister, Banchiwosen is ranked THIRD, and Mekdes is FOURTH. Their class size is 44 students total.

Merdekios and Chu Chu

Banchiwosen and Belenesh

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Also at Oxnard, Omodar is ranked FIRST, and her good friend, Waynashet, is ranked THIRD in Grade 3. Their class size is also 44 students.

Omodar and Sister Helen

One of the newest additions to CCC, Grima, is ranked THIRD out of 90 students total, in his Grade 9 class at Bogale Walelu High School.

Grima and Katie

In front of the whole CCC community, each of these distinguished scholars received pants or shoes (or both!) as a reward for their diligence and success. Hopefully, recognizing good academic habits in this way will result in a culture of true learning and scholastic excellence.  A big thanks to sponsors who provide the funding and encouragement that makes it possible for learning to happen!

Update provided by Katie, our volunteer teacher, who has been at CCC since last summer.  God Bless Katie!

Noah Arrives Back In Soddo

Noah, one of our wonderful Aerie Africa volunteers, arrived back in Soddo last week.  He is volunteering at CCC for a month and is following up on the many improvements that Noah and Sam implemented during their year long mission at CCC in 2010.  Below is a post from him.

This is a perfect opportunity to finally put down some of the latest events since I’ve been back in Ethiopia. It’s shortly before 5 in the morning and for some reason I’m lying here awake. It is an unusually still, moonless night, the power is out, and the night guard Sodo just passed by my window shuffling his feet. I know without looking that he is wearing his black wool coat, floppy little hat, worn sneakers and carrying his massive machete. Nothing to comfort you from creepy nighttime sounds like knowing Sodo is patrolling. But first I begin with the descent into Ethiopia.

Arriving in Addis Ababa is a mixed bag of emotion. I’m back. I can’t wait to see those kids. Am I going to be inundated with work right away? What is it going to be like to be back without Sam here? I am stoked (Southern California slang…) to see Katie. I am not so stoked to eat Injera and wat. As the plane touches down, my thoughts are jolted back into reality as the plane suddenly slams on the brakes and we all go flying forward. When the massive g-forces stop and we are able to sit back in our seats I look around and chuckle. Half the plane is laughing, the rest is wide-eyed and terrified. It is obvious who is landing in Addis to stay and who is here on a layover en route to Cape Town.  While the event has nothing to do with where we are and everything to do with the European pilot, this is a pleasant greeting to Ethiopia. I reflect how the last time I was in the Addis Ababa airport at night the power went out – everywhere.  Including the runways.  As a people Ethiopians are amazing at adapting and making due with what is available and maintaining a glowing happiness. I hope I continue to learn from this attitude during my stay.

As I am going through immigration I am amazed I understand some of the Ethiopian chatter. Escripto alesh? Yelum, escripto iza terapeza lie no. Do you have a pen? No, there is one over there on that table. I strike up a conversation with a ferenji guy next to me in line. He is here to volunteer at the Korean Mission Hospital and asks if I have any advice for someone who hasn’t worked in Africa before. I smirk and tell him to never be shy with anyone because everyone will want to talk with him and he will have the best conversations and fall in love with these people. I also tell him that operations at the hospital will most likely shock him and not to think of his work in the same terms as he did in the states. As we leave the airport, Alazar is waiting for me. It is a warm reception. But my new friend’s ride is nowhere to be found. Alazar offers to drive him to the hospital and he gratefully accepts. As we drive to the hospital, we have to go on a detour through a little neighborhood of dirt and rock roads lined with block, eucalyptus branch, tarp and tin homes. Men are sitting outside shooting the breeze as mangy dogs wander around looking for scraps. The only thing open is a meat market – a small open air stand with several slabs of raw beef hanging on a rack. The road to the hospital is under construction and is closed. We have to park a distance from the hospital and walk this confused American the rest of the way to the hospital. I can’t help but wonder what is going through this guy’s mind, but it all feels strangely normal and refreshing to me.

The next morning Alazar picks me up and we head off to see Michael. Michael has been at CCC since its beginning and is now at Addis Ababa University – the top university in Ethiopia. Seeing Michael is like seeing an old trusted friend. He was the one who helped Sam and me transition to life in Ethiopia, had unending patience with us, translated for us in Ethiopian church and spent hours watching LOST with us.

Getting back in the car we start our journey to Soddo. I take a deep breath in Addis and smile at the familiar smell. Alazar laughs and asks what Ethiopia smells like. It’s a mixture of exhaust, dust, burberry, and Injera. He tells me he hasn’t ever thought about what his country smells like. The 6 hour ride to Soddo slips by as Alazar and I discuss the uprisings in the Middle East, funny differences between Ethiopian and American culture, the ways in which non-profits help and hurt development, the differences between Ethiopian Protestant and Ethiopian Orthodox churches, and how our families are doing.

On the road to Soddo

Arriving in Soddo is a homecoming. The music is blaring from the suks on the roadside. Donkeys carry bright yellow plastic jerrycans of water wander down the road as children with sticks swat them to keep the docile creatures in line. Goats and sheep trot aimlessly (Goats– tails go up. Sheep – tails go down).

Arriving at the children’s home I am greeted with cheers as the children bombard the vehicle with arms raised. “Noha is coming. Noha is here! Sammi is coming? Allie America?” (more on these phrases later). I am inundated with sloppy kisses and have a hard time standing as I become a human jungle gym. This is very good.

Noah playing with boys - human jungle gym

Noah with boys

Happy New Year!

As we begin a new year, I look back at 2010 and and feel blessed by the accomplishments of Aerie Africa and CCCE.  Aerie Africa has been graced with a wonderful cadre of volunteers working both in the United States and Ethiopia.  In the US, Robin Browning, Suzanne Hanlon, Donna Higgins, and Janice Mack worked tirelessly throughout the year.  They found many wonderful sponsors, kept the sponsors up to date, successfully completed a fund raising campaign, kept the accounts, and ensured Aerie Africa provided appropriate support to CCCE.  Donna, Suzanne and Janice participated in mission trips to Soddo and CCCE in 2010 (Janice twice!).


Janice with CCCE kids - April 2010


Donna, Chu Chu (CCCE Dean of Students), Suzanne, Ian, and Principal of Oxnard School (Many CCCE Students attend Oxnard) - November 2010

We also were blessed with four young adults from the US who committed amazing energy and enthusiasm to CCCE. Noah Frank and Sam Hartman spent a year at CCCE as Home Managers.  Noah and Sam accomplished so much in their year.  They provided much needed organizational structure, oversaw many improvements to the CCCE facility, and hired phenomenal employees for CCCE  including Chu Chu (Dean of Students), Sister Helen (Head Nurse) and Hiwot (Accountant). Katie Brister arrived in Soddo in July. She is teaching Bible and English lessons and has established a pre-school for  the children who are too young to go to school.  We saw a big improvement in the children’s English when we visited in November. Allie Sebree continued her regular extended trips to CCCE and helped with physical examinations (all children received a physical from an American doctor in either July or November), took many children to dental and clinic visits, helped with the transition of the 18 year olds to the Aerie home, and worked with the young kids on art and craft projects (which they love).

Noah with Abitie - November 2010

Sam and Mitten - April 2010

Allie and Abebech - November 2010

Katie and Suzanne - November 2010

In 2010, CCCE was recognized by the Ethiopian government as an outstanding orphanage.  The government designated CCCE as a model orphanage for the Southern region of Ethiopia.  The hard work of the CCCE staff made this important recognition possible.  Henok Desta, Executive Director of CCCE, has worked tirelessly to ensure that the CCCE children are happy, well fed, loved, and receiving a good education.

Henok with Government Certification

Many improvements were made to the CCCE facility in 2o10 – we built a guard house at the entrance to the CCCE compound, built a first aid room, built an office for Chu Chu for meetings with students and staff, built a new washing station for clothes washing, built a washing station in the dining room for hand and dish washing, repaired the stair and balcony railings, completed a soccer field, screened the bedroom windows, and painted much of the facility.

First Aid Room Shelves


Nebiyu making screens - April 2010

The CCCE children and Aerie young adults are wonderful.  Nineteen new children joined CCCE in 2010!!! With the help of the CCCE staff and US volunteers, the new children have assimilated and adjusted to life at CCCE remarkably quickly.  Three of our young adults were accepted to university in 2o10 – Michael, Asrat, and Wobeshet. This is a wonderful accomplishment for these young men.  Five young adults (18 year olds) moved from CCCE to the Aerie Transition home in July. Also, three young adults graduated from the CCCE/Aerie program in July (Abebech, Afework, and Mesele) and are adjusting well to living independently.  We saw all three when we visited in November and were impressed with their maturity and well being.

Mesele - November 2010

The CCCE vegetable garden continued to provide produce for the kitchen.  The big crop for 2010 was yams!  We also harvested many, many bananas.  We continue to raise sheep and chickens.  Both have been learning experiences for the children.  They are getting better at caring for the animals (sheep need to locked in the sheep house at night and chickens need regular water!).

Yams growing in vegetable garden

I thank the many volunteers, sponsors, and donors for your support.  Without your help, none of this would be possible.  You are making a huge difference in the lives of many children in Ethiopia. God Bless!

Terri Sebree